fruit

The fruit of something is what it produces, like the apples on apples trees, the grapes on grapevines, or the fruit of your labor, like the cake you baked.

Fruit comes from the Latin fructus, whose root is frui, "to enjoy." The fruit of a plant, like an orange or banana, is the product of the plant that we enjoy. (You wouldn't munch on the orange tree's branch, would you?) But fruit is also the product of any work. A woven rug is the fruit of the loom, while an infant, figuratively, is called the fruit of the womb.

Definitions of fruit
  1. noun
    the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
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    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
    juniper berry
    berrylike fruit of a plant of the genus Juniperus especially the berrylike cone of the common juniper
    May apple
    edible but insipid fruit of the May apple plant
    achene
    small dry indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall
    gourd
    any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds
    prairie gourd
    small hard green-and-white inedible fruit of the prairie gourd plant
    blue fig, quandong
    the fruit of the Brisbane quandong tree
    acorn
    fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base
    olive
    small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
    hip, rose hip, rosehip
    the fruit of a rose plant
    wild cherry
    the fruit of the wild cherry tree
    marasca
    small bitter fruit of the marasca cherry tree from whose juice maraschino liqueur is made
    hagberry
    small cherry much liked by birds
    chokecherry
    the fruit of the chokecherry tree
    rowanberry
    decorative red berrylike fruit of a rowan tree
    buffalo nut, elk nut, oil nut
    oily drupaceous fruit of rabbitwood
    capitulum, ear, spike
    fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
    fruitlet
    a diminutive fruit, especially one that is part of a multiple fruit
    seed
    a small hard fruit
    berry
    a small fruit having any of various structures, e.g., simple (grape or blueberry) or aggregate (blackberry or raspberry)
    aggregate fruit, multiple fruit, syncarp
    fruit consisting of many individual small fruits or drupes derived from separate ovaries within a common receptacle: e.g. blackberry; raspberry; pineapple
    drupe, stone fruit
    fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube
    false fruit, pome
    a fleshy fruit (apple or pear or related fruits) having seed chambers and an outer fleshy part
    pod, seedpod
    a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
    pyxidium, pyxis
    fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released
    accessory fruit, pseudocarp
    fruit containing much fleshy tissue besides that of the ripened ovary; as apple or strawberry
    buckthorn berry, yellow berry
    fruit of various buckthorns yielding dyes or pigments
    cubeb
    spicy fruit of the cubeb vine; when dried and crushed is used medicinally or in perfumery and sometimes smoked in cigarettes
    schizocarp
    a dry dehiscent fruit that at maturity splits into two or more parts each with a single seed
    freestone
    fruit (especially peach) whose flesh does not adhere to the pit
    cling, clingstone
    fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
    windfall
    fruit that has fallen from the tree
    apple
    fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh
    berry
    any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
    cranberry
    very tart red berry used for sauce or juice
    lansa, lansat, lanseh, lanset
    East Indian tart yellow berrylike fruit
    carambola, star fruit
    deeply ridged yellow-brown tropical fruit; used raw as a vegetable or in salad or when fully ripe as a dessert
    ceriman, monstera
    tropical cylindrical fruit resembling a pinecone with pineapple-banana flavor
    carissa plum, natal plum
    edible scarlet plumlike fruit of a South African plant
    citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit
    any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions
    tangelo, ugli, ugli fruit
    large sweet juicy hybrid between tangerine and grapefruit having a thick wrinkled skin
    almond
    oval-shaped edible seed of the almond tree
    apricot
    downy yellow to rosy-colored fruit resembling a small peach
    peach
    downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh
    nectarine
    a variety or mutation of the peach that has a smooth skin
    pitahaya
    highly colored edible fruit of pitahaya cactus having bright red juice; often as large as a peach
    plum
    any of numerous varieties of small to medium-sized round or oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single pit
    dried fruit
    fruit preserved by drying
    fig
    fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
    ananas, pineapple
    large sweet fleshy tropical fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated
    anchovy pear, river pear
    West Indian fruit resembling the mango; often pickled
    banana
    elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh
    passion fruit
    egg-shaped tropical fruit of certain passionflower vines; used for sherbets and confectionery and drinks
    breadfruit
    a large round seedless or seeded fruit with a texture like bread; eaten boiled or baked or roasted or ground into flour; the roasted seeds resemble chestnuts
    jack, jackfruit, jak
    immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted
    canistel, eggfruit
    ovoid orange-yellow mealy sweet fruit of Florida and West Indies
    melon
    any of numerous fruits of the gourd family having a hard rind and sweet juicy flesh
    cherry
    a red fruit with a single hard stone
    coco plum, cocoa plum, icaco
    plum-shaped whitish to almost black fruit used for preserves; tropical American
    grape
    any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters
    custard apple
    the fruit of any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona having soft edible pulp
    papaw, pawpaw
    fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples
    papaya
    large oval melon-like tropical fruit with yellowish flesh
    kai apple
    South African fruit smelling and tasting like apricots; used for pickles and preserves
    ketembilla, kitambilla, kitembilla
    maroon-purple gooseberry-like fruit of India having tart-sweet purple pulp used especially for preserves
    ackee, akee
    red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe
    durian
    huge fruit native to southeastern Asia `smelling like Hell and tasting like Heaven'; seeds are roasted and eaten like nuts
    feijoa, pineapple guava
    dark-green kiwi-sized tropical fruit with white flesh; used chiefly for jellies and preserves
    Spanish lime, genip
    round one-inch Caribbean fruit with green leathery skin and sweet juicy translucent pulp; eaten like grapes
    genipap, genipap fruit
    a succulent orange-sized tropical fruit with a thick rind
    Chinese gooseberry, kiwi, kiwi fruit
    fuzzy brown egg-shaped fruit with slightly tart green flesh
    Japanese plum, loquat
    yellow olive-sized semitropical fruit with a large free stone and relatively little flesh; used for jellies
    mangosteen
    two- to three-inch tropical fruit with juicy flesh suggestive of both peaches and pineapples
    mango
    large oval tropical fruit having smooth skin, juicy aromatic pulp, and a large hairy seed
    sapodilla, sapodilla plum, sapota
    tropical fruit with a rough brownish skin and very sweet brownish pulp
    mammee, marmalade plum, sapote
    brown oval fruit flesh makes excellent sherbet
    tamarind, tamarindo
    large tropical seed pod with very tangy pulp that is eaten fresh or cooked with rice and fish or preserved for curries and chutneys
    aguacate, alligator pear, avocado, avocado pear
    a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed
    date
    sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed
    elderberry
    berrylike fruit of an elder used for e.g. wines and jellies
    guava
    tropical fruit having yellow skin and pink pulp; eaten fresh or used for e.g. jellies
    mombin
    purplish tropical fruit
    hog plum, yellow mombin
    yellow oval tropical fruit
    hog plum, wild plum
    fruit of the wild plum of southern United States
    jaboticaba
    tough-skinned purple grapelike tropical fruit grown in Brazil
    Chinese date, Chinese jujube, jujube
    dark red plumlike fruit of Old World buckthorn trees
    leechee, lichee, lichi, litchee, litchi, litchi nut, lychee
    Chinese fruit having a thin brittle shell enclosing a sweet jellylike pulp and a single seed; often dried
    dragon's eye, longanberry
    Asian fruit similar to litchi
    mamey, mammee, mammee apple
    globular or ovoid tropical fruit with thick russet leathery rind and juicy yellow or reddish flesh
    marang
    tropical fruit from the Philippines having a mass of small seeds embedded in sweetish white pulp
    medlar
    crabapple-like fruit used for preserves
    medlar
    a South African globular fruit with brown leathery skin and pithy flesh having a sweet-acid taste
    olive
    one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
    pear
    sweet juicy gritty-textured fruit available in many varieties
    plumcot
    hybrid between plum and apricot
    pomegranate
    large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish-red rind
    prickly pear
    round or pear-shaped spiny fruit of any of various prickly pear cacti
    garambulla
    small berrylike fruit
    Barbados gooseberry, blade apple
    small yellow to orange fruit of the Barbados gooseberry cactus used in desserts and preserves and jellies
    native peach, quandang, quandong, quantong
    red Australian fruit; used for dessert or in jam
    quince
    aromatic acid-tasting pear-shaped fruit used in preserves
    rambotan, rambutan
    pleasantly acid bright red oval Malayan fruit covered with soft spines
    pulasan, pulassan
    fruit of an East Indian tree similar to the rambutan but sweeter
    rose apple
    fragrant oval yellowish tropical fruit used in jellies and confections
    sorb, sorb apple
    acid gritty-textured fruit
    sour gourd
    acid-tasting Australian gourd-like fruit with a woody rind and large seeds
    monkey bread, sour gourd
    African gourd-like fruit with edible pulp
    edible seed
    many are used as seasoning
    coffee, coffee bean, coffee berry
    a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
    pip
    a small hard seed found in some fruits
    bonduc nut, nicker nut, nicker seed
    hard shiny grey seed of a bonduc tree; used for making e.g. jewelry
    Job's tears
    hard pearly seeds of an Asiatic grass; often used as beads
    oil-rich seed, oilseed
    any of several seeds that yield oil
    baneberry
    a poisonous berry of a plant of the genus Actaea
    legume
    the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case
    peanut
    underground pod of the peanut vine
    screw bean
    spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed
    safflower seed
    seed of the safflower
    key, key fruit, samara
    a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
    mealie
    an ear of corn
    caryopsis, grain
    dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
    okra
    long green edible beaked pods of the okra plant
    ash-key
    winged seed of the ash tree
    cowage
    pods of the cowage plant or the stinging hairs covering them; used as a vermifuge when mixed with e.g. honey
    coquilla nut
    nut having a hard hazel-brown shell used like vegetable ivory
    babassu nut
    hard-shelled nut of the babassu palm
    cohune nut
    nut of the cohune palm having hard white shells like those of ivory nuts
    apple nut, ivory nut, vegetable ivory
    nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons
    neem seed
    seed of neem trees; source of pesticides and fertilizer and medicinal products
    buckeye, conker, horse chestnut
    the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
    calabash
    round gourd of the calabash tree
    Mexican jumping bean, jumping bean, jumping seed
    seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble
    bean
    any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
    nut
    usually large hard-shelled seed
    syconium
    the fleshy multiple fruit of the fig consisting of an enlarged hollow receptacle containing numerous fruitlets
    bacca, simple fruit
    an indehiscent fruit derived from a single ovary having one or many seeds within a fleshy wall or pericarp: e.g. grape; tomato; cranberry
    drupelet
    a small part of an aggregate fruit that resembles a drupe
    loment
    seedpods that are constricted between the seeds and that break apart when mature into single-seeded segments
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    reproductive structure
    the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
  2. verb
    bear fruit
    “the trees fruited early this year”
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    bear, turn out
    bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"
  3. verb
    cause to bear fruit
  4. noun
    an amount of a product
    synonyms: yield
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    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  5. noun
    the consequence of some effort or action
    “he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies”
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    aftermath, consequence
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
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